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News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere: November 18, 2010

Nov 18, 2010

by Alison Feldmann

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“If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years, how man would marvel and adore.” — R.W. Emerson

This week’s edition of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere holds oozing cake eyes, the Museum of Unnatural History (unicorn burps welcome), a manly needlepoint artist, the story of stop motion and hovering, nearly-alive wooden birds.

 

 

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No holiday wish list would be complete without primordial soup (mm!) or a vial of unicorn tears: “Puts the sparkle in suffering!” The clever marketers behind the Museum of Unnatural History at 826DC have compiled a well-designed stock of evolutionary diversions for human consumption (or cautious voyeurism — don’t mess with Ex-Stinkt Spray).

 

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Disembodied cake face? Gouging out a strawberry eye? Delish! Pastry designer Luxirare drew inspiration for these strawberry and lychee mousse cakes with macaron embellishments and silver leaf (wow, that’s a mouthful) from an editorial spread in Chelsea magazine. Dig in. [Via CAT PARTY]


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The details and craftsmanship of these pine-and-paint game bird carvings is unparalleled. What began as an interest in hunting and taxidermy soon turned into a hobby, then a profession, for Wendell Gilley. In 1930, Gilley visited the New England Museum of Natural History in Boston. According to his biography, “Although the original intent of his visit was to study the taxidermy dioramas, he became intrigued by an exhibit of miniature bird carvings made by Elmer Crowell. This chance encounter with the famous decoy maker’s work inspired the 26-year-old Wendell Gilley to whittle out a primitive mallard drake miniature. Pleased with his first attempt, he persevered in his new hobby, eventually becoming one of the foremost wood carving artists of his time.” In fact, there’s a museum dedicated to his work. [Via Cold Splinters]

 

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Roosevelt “Rosey” Grier played defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams from 1958–1962. After his playing days were over he adjourned to a lower-impact physical sport: macrame and needlepoint. Rosey knew that others might not appreciate the masculinity of his new-found interest, so he wrote a book on the subject, Rosey Grier’s Needlepoint for Men. Now it’s a cult craft book (and I want a copy!). See more stills from his masterwork on Flickr. [Via Mary and Matt]


What better way to learn about stop motion than through the medium? Check out I love stop motion from chloe fleury. [Via Hard Feelings]

 

Do you know of a forward-thinking art, style or design blog? Post it in the comments! And make sure to check out past installments of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere!

Vintage Horseshoe Brooch
Vintage Horseshoe Brooch
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vintage 1960s SPOT OF TEA copper kettle
vintage 1960s SPOT OF TEA copper kettle
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olde photograph of a native american woman
olde photograph of a native american woman
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Onishi bag in brown buffalo hide - clip on cross body strap
Onishi bag in brown buffalo hide - clip on cross body strap
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Rustic Tea Light Holder
Rustic Tea Light Holder
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1952 Hunting Target
1952 Hunting Target
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Vintage 1960s Rocks and Minerals of New York State Specimen Kit
Vintage 1960s Rocks and Minerals of New York State Specimen Kit
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vintage OCHER wool convertible coat
vintage OCHER wool convertible coat
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Vintage Hand Carved Marlin
Vintage Hand Carved Marlin
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Large Devonian Coral Specimen
Large Devonian Coral Specimen
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Mogu Stickers (set of 3)
Mogu Stickers (set of 3)
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Blue Heart . oxidized sterling silver puffed heart ring
Blue Heart . oxidized sterling silver puffed heart ring
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vintage 1950s PULP CRIME bundle 2, 1950 to 1961
vintage 1950s PULP CRIME bundle 2, 1950 to 1961
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121 comments

  • breations

    breations said 6 years ago

    Wow! Cake Face with oozing eyes! Unique to say the least.

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 6 years ago

    Hahaha - lower impact sports! Rosey Grier is my hero ;P ...great finds, ps.

  • Pipkyn

    Pipkyn said 6 years ago

    'unicorns are the only species to belch happiness' that's the best line ever! Great collection of stuff, I especially like Roosevelt Grier - what a legend! Thanks :)

  • Peppersplacedesigns

    Peppersplacedesigns said 6 years ago

    Wow! macrame for men, I love it! Very enjoyable read, thanks!

  • MerlotMoon

    MerlotMoon said 6 years ago

    You go Rosey!!!!!!

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 6 years ago

    OMG I'm going to be smiling on the inside for days after Grier's photographs - thank you!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

    Rosey Greer ! I remember when that book first came out. The wood carver is amazing! And I am inspired by the canned items. Maybe I will make cream of mastodon tooth soup tonight. Great as usual Teen.

  • GloryBDesign

    GloryBDesign said 6 years ago

    Clever picks!

  • BlkSheepProductions

    BlkSheepProductions said 6 years ago

    Those cakes look gorgeous, though we don't know if we couldn't ever eat them -- too good! We screamed when we saw the unicorn products -- want/need. Thanks for the amazingness!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Wonderful picks !!

  • farfelue

    farfelue said 6 years ago

    pure awesomeness <3

  • blueflowervintage

    blueflowervintage said 6 years ago

    ok, ok, ok I love the Wendell Gilley and Rosey Grier posts. More of this please!

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 6 years ago

    wonderful articles...it is always interesting what inspires!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 6 years ago

    this is so good. it ranks up there with items found at the museum of jurassic technology in santa monica near the hare krishnas' place. :)

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 6 years ago

    The cakes are edible art - amazing! And the birds, I love how the artist brings life and movement into them (not just a bird on a log). Thanks, Alison!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 6 years ago

    so cool....amazing needlepoint & wish I could see his macrame....wow!

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions said 6 years ago

    Unique finds!

  • TheCakeStandBoutique

    TheCakeStandBoutique said 6 years ago

    Those little cakes are brilliant!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 6 years ago

    ~*~ fantastic article on Roosevelt “Rosey” Grier by far my favorite handmade blog page yet! too cute! Precious Plush Poodle by AMAZONART is awesome too

  • minouette

    minouette said 6 years ago

    Wow, hom much do I love the ideas behind the Museum of Unnatural History stuff? Oh, and disembodied face cake is pretty cool too.

  • spiritcleanslate

    spiritcleanslate said 6 years ago

    LOVE IT! Every last piece. Great ...Bravo

  • choisette

    choisette said 6 years ago

    rosie grier. now that's some kinda man.

  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals said 6 years ago

    very interesting~!

  • BPvintage

    BPvintage said 6 years ago

    Beautiful Avian Art ~ the birds are exquisite!

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 6 years ago

    "Unicorns are the only species to belch happiness"... I'm not sure about that as my 8yr old son seems pretty happy too with his belches :) Thanks for making me laugh!

  • glasslionstudio

    glasslionstudio said 6 years ago

    Sabertooth Dental Floss! What a hoot. I have to have this for my cat's stocking this year. (Yes, we hang stockings for our 2 cats every year!) Spoiled, very spoiled!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 6 years ago

    Who would have thunk it, yea rosey and that cake is interesting to say the least.

  • DevineCollectible

    DevineCollectible said 6 years ago

    Real nice! peace, DevineCollectilbe

  • expressyourself

    expressyourself said 6 years ago

    Great finds!

  • blueroompottery

    blueroompottery said 6 years ago

    OMG that promordial soup is something else! and the essence of unicorn burp.....HAHAHA!

  • blueroompottery

    blueroompottery said 6 years ago

    oops "promordial" meant premordial...

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 6 years ago

    That is one manly man who can needlepoint!

  • tasticlife

    tasticlife said 6 years ago

    Love every piece in this article!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 6 years ago

    I enjoyed this very much, thanks Etsy! Wendell Gilley's birds are amazing.

  • StudioZen

    StudioZen said 6 years ago

    Rosie Grier is da man!

  • Leocardia

    Leocardia said 6 years ago

    Very funny, I´ve got a new idea...

  • isewcute

    isewcute said 6 years ago

    I love this so much! What a fun article!

  • AsLuckWouldHaveIt

    AsLuckWouldHaveIt said 6 years ago

    Rosey's needlepoint is something else!

  • corrnucopia

    corrnucopia said 6 years ago

    Love the can of primordial soup and I'll have to look out for Grier's book. I'm thrilled to have my rock collection showcased ~ many thanks!

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios said 6 years ago

    LOVE those pastries!

  • neulanen

    neulanen said 6 years ago

    love the needlepoint frog.

  • whitehaus

    whitehaus said 6 years ago

    the rosie grier images are fantastic. will add his book to my "to hunt for" list!

  • soule

    soule said 6 years ago

    WOW! I LOVE it all! great post!

  • consciousclothing

    consciousclothing said 6 years ago

    I love manly needlepoint! Wowsa!

  • auntjanecan

    auntjanecan said 6 years ago

    I love the wood carved birds!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 6 years ago

    I like the dental floss!

  • lkmccray

    lkmccray said 6 years ago

    Love the soup. And stop motion.

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin said 6 years ago

    Dental Floss is great,I Also Needlepoint

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 6 years ago

    I like the needlepoint by Rosey! So cool!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 6 years ago

    "If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years, how man would marvel and adore." — R.W. Emerson Indeed, I marvel and adore the stars every night they are visible. I'm familiar with Elmer Crowell's carvings but Wendell Gilley is new to me. Fantastic work. Thanks so much for this!

  • riorita

    riorita said 6 years ago

    All these artists are definitely unique creators.I love "Rosey"'s art very much.

  • vintagegirldezigns

    vintagegirldezigns said 6 years ago

    Wow, that's some serious dental floss!

  • DomusModern

    DomusModern said 6 years ago

    Love rosey!

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 6 years ago

    Oh my gosh - I want that Rosey Greer book!!!

  • SpaGoddess

    SpaGoddess said 6 years ago

    LOVE!! thx 4 the inspiration!

  • rusticrevivals

    rusticrevivals said 6 years ago

    Hilarious things - but the beauty of the candle at the top is inspiring. Thanks so much! Great finds! (P.S., Bread and Roses, I'm an Emerson fan too!)

  • BlindSquirrel

    BlindSquirrel said 6 years ago

    I can't figure out what that very first picture is.... it looks like a cantaloupe melon skin with a candle in it. Anyone?

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 6 years ago

    Unicorn Tears and needlepoint with Rosey Greer! I love it!

  • cravingkiwi

    cravingkiwi said 6 years ago

    Love the Museum of Unnatural History! Their Safari Hat/Soup Bowl is perfect for Peace Corps Volunteers! And it's funny, I just did a "Real Men" post about Rosey Grier back in October - http://lovelysundries.blogspot.com/2010/10/real-men-and-reading-list.html

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 6 years ago

    Interesting cakes!!

  • maramori

    maramori said 6 years ago

    I knew a man who used to travel a lot for his job, and he always worked on his needlepoint projects on the plane. Said he met lots of women that way. Rosey is cool.

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio said 6 years ago

    Love it!!!!!!

  • moonstr

    moonstr said 6 years ago

    so so so so cool!

  • maramori

    maramori said 6 years ago

    http://www.menwhoknit.com/community/ real men do crafts

  • KapKaDesign

    KapKaDesign said 6 years ago

    soOOO funny, love the cakes. ORIGINAL EX-STINKT ... priceless

  • iheartmy

    iheartmy said 6 years ago

    I love the cake! That was amazing!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    You always give us a entertaining finish to the week!

  • hopestones

    hopestones said 6 years ago

    Awesome!!

  • alternatevisions

    alternatevisions said 6 years ago

    Ohhhh-I want ALL of the stuff from the Museum!! Unicorn farts?? Yes please!! ^_^ Is there an actual online store to buy any of these fine amusements? I may have missed it somewhere.. but I hope those goodies are for purchase. :D

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 6 years ago

    very interesting! :)

  • CreaShines

    CreaShines said 6 years ago

    Such an inspiring post! That stop motion video really got the creative juices flowing!

  • andrea0503

    andrea0503 said 6 years ago

    Thank you! Another great article!

  • msquaredj

    msquaredj said 6 years ago

    great!!! love the video :):):)

  • msquaredj

    msquaredj said 6 years ago

    love stop motion

  • birchbeerboutique

    birchbeerboutique said 6 years ago

    mmm...i wonder if "wallace's" makes a primordial stew as well.

  • theroyalart

    theroyalart said 6 years ago

    we love stop motion too

  • katrinshine

    katrinshine said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article!

  • TaylorsType

    TaylorsType said 6 years ago

    I love the Museum of Unnatural History! - great design - wish I could visit

  • RachelNichole

    RachelNichole said 6 years ago

    The stop motion clip on stop motion was simply adorable! I studied film in school, and even though special effects are always "the thing" to talk about now-a-days, most people completely forget the beauty and simplicity of stop motion. Clay-mation (simply stop motion with clay objects) is also left out of the loop quite often. *Sigh*

  • pumpurum

    pumpurum said 6 years ago

    Great article!

  • JollyLittlePurse

    JollyLittlePurse said 6 years ago

    HHHHaaaaaa! It was a pleasure to get up in the morning today and read this funny post! Thank you, Alison, for putting it all togather in such a funny way. I can't stop being amaized at the creative forse Etsians have!

  • Longnose

    Longnose said 6 years ago

    Great article! Loved every bit of it and most stop motion animation video, although my prefference is with Brothers Quay (to stay in US by one leg) and my dearest countryfellow Jan Å vankmajer. But I am a wee macabre I guess ;-)

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Primordial soup lol! Love it also those wooden birds are amazingly delicately crafted fabulous!

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 6 years ago

    these articles from you are AMAZING!!!!!!! Thanks so much!!!!!!!

  • BubbleGumAndButtons

    BubbleGumAndButtons said 6 years ago

    Another great article! THANKS!

  • nicorider

    nicorider said 6 years ago

    great great article, and such a nice face too thank you

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 6 years ago

    That cracks me up about Rosie Grier, I knew he looked familiar!

  • wishartglass

    wishartglass said 6 years ago

    Love the Rosey grier story!

  • Savi

    Savi said 6 years ago

    Awesome article!

  • rooftopstudio

    rooftopstudio said 6 years ago

    Gotta stock up on Primordial soup!

  • Patriacontemporary

    Patriacontemporary said 6 years ago

    Nice Article!

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 6 years ago

    Here's my weekly I LOVE this blog post comment. That unnatural history store? The pulp magazines listed in the shops below? Perfection. :)

  • aquakej

    aquakej said 6 years ago

    Are these products really for sale? I clicked on their website and there were just pictures; it didn't look like a store. They should be selling these things!

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 6 years ago

    interesting...

  • FeltShmelt

    FeltShmelt said 6 years ago

    Love, love this post. That unicorn burp got me giggling. Thanks for the info and inspiration!

  • genisepark

    genisepark said 6 years ago

    Those birds are great and I do love the needlepoint by Rosie.

  • yogiodie

    yogiodie said 6 years ago

    Love the floss. nice job big A.

  • thebadgerset

    thebadgerset said 6 years ago

    The cakes looked absolutley amazing!!tasty and awesomely cool at the same time! Love the unicorn burps too!

  • TheLittleRagamuffin

    TheLittleRagamuffin said 6 years ago

    All of these made me smile:) Thank you!

  • helgesok

    helgesok said 6 years ago

    So cool! I've heard Rosey Grier was also into knitting. :)

  • BellaPuzzlesToo

    BellaPuzzlesToo said 6 years ago

    Favorite Blogosphere post EVER. My mind blew up when I saw the cakes.

  • AboutAStamp

    AboutAStamp said 6 years ago

    I am delighted to see Luxirare featured here - one of my most fave blogs!

  • ManoBello

    ManoBello said 6 years ago

    I'm speechless! (in an awe-inspired, good way!) <3

  • SuePsales

    SuePsales said 6 years ago

    Way Cool, Thanks for teaching me some new stuff.

  • itsmynature

    itsmynature said 6 years ago

    Super creative....love it!!!

  • Lambert

    Lambert said 6 years ago

    Hat off to that manbroiderer!

  • piratejayne

    piratejayne said 6 years ago

    Too cool love the soup!!!!

  • Zanjabila

    Zanjabila said 6 years ago

    Found a copy of the book on eBay! http://cgi.ebay.com/book-ROSEY-GRIERS-NEEDLEPOINT-MEN-1973-football-/230553001097?pt=Vintage_Sports_Memorabilia&hash=item35ae079c89#ht_1333wt_1141

  • elsahats

    elsahats said 6 years ago

    Great article!

  • BoatCrafts

    BoatCrafts said 6 years ago

    Eye cakes LOL, Now I have to try and make something like that.. should be a good laugh.

  • RebeccaBarfoot

    RebeccaBarfoot said 6 years ago

    Wow yeah, the eye cake. Deliciously weird.

  • lalaliza

    lalaliza said 6 years ago

    i want some unicorn tears :*)

  • GalleonGal

    GalleonGal said 6 years ago

    Ray Harryhausen created wonderful stop`motion films era from 50s thru 70s

  • littlerae53

    littlerae53 said 6 years ago

    Pleasently surprised with Rosey's handy work..First guy I have seen with the passion of textile art..Two thumbs up my man....!

  • KinkadeKollection

    KinkadeKollection said 6 years ago

    Wow! So unique! Don't know how you think up the oozing eyeball cake and how you pull it off, while making it look pulled off!!!

  • jamiespinello

    jamiespinello said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed seeing Rosey's and Gilley's work.

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    AutumnLeavesJewelry said 6 years ago

    Haaaaaaaaaaaahahah hahaha hahah aa hahaha aa that was hiliarious, Unicorn Burp, thank you, I needed this today! :-)

  • Marvidrio

    Marvidrio said 6 years ago

    This was awesome. Great read!!

  • NoaSharonDesigns

    NoaSharonDesigns said 6 years ago

    such interesting and refreshing picks! loved this article :)

  • jalin1985

    jalin1985 said 6 years ago

    Very Strong!

  • SnuggliMumCreations

    SnuggliMumCreations said 6 years ago

    Wow, every item is wonderful! Very Clever!

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